Samannaz Rohanimanesh

Website: naazbuzz.com

(617) 543-5278                                         sr7841a@american.edu

Education:

American University – Washington, DC

  • Master of Arts in International Journalism                                                                                                           Aug 2017

Capstone Project: Proficiency in storytelling, researching, editing and sound enhancements for the thesis video project.

Relevant Course Projects:

  • Backpack Documentary in Spanish:  Produced news packages, short story videos and long news worthy documentaries.

  • Foreign Correspondence: researched on India as target country and produced short story news worthy videos.

  • Race and Ethnic Reporting: Reported on minorities in Washington D.C. metropolitan area and neighborhoods, produced news. packages and short story videos; published “Voices from Divided America” book highlighting multi-national experiences.

  • Reporting of the Public Affairs:  Viewed Congressional hearings, requested first person interview with House/Senatorial members, created on-air story and participated in mock news desk.

Florida International University   - Miami, FL           

  • Bachelor’s in fine arts; Minor in Art History                                                                            May 2015      

 Awards/Honors:

·    Women in the Visual Arts (WITVA) Scholarship Award - $2,500, Short Film Tabagh                     Mar 2016

·    Betty McDonald (WITVA) Scholarship Award - $1,500, Short Film Tabagh                                     Mar 2016

·    Copenhagen Underground Film Festival - Short Film Ban Upon a Star                                 Aug 2017

·    Barcelona Short Film Festival - Short Film Ban Upon a Star                              Aug 2017

      Short Film Ban Upon a Star

·    Dean’s Internship Award - American University, Voice of America                                            Jan 2018

 Journalism & Production Experience:

Freelance Editor, Writer, Content Producer                                                                         Jan 2018 - Present

·    Supervised and led all stages of the book writing process including ideation, content generation, and conceptualization.

·    Wrote creative content, statements and press releases for exhibitions, artist talks and symposiums.

·    Under a tight timeline, created original creative content and gained high number followers on Facebook and Instagram. 

Blog Correspondent and Fiction reader, The Brown Orient                                                 Aug 2018 - Present

·    Interviewed and researched artists, members of the Asian community thoroughly for potential articles and blog posts.

·    Pitched ideas, developed, created and delivered stories on time for the website.

·    Wrote features, perspective, commentary, Op-Eds and reviews.

Contributor, Iranian Magazine, Seattle, WA                                                                          Oct 2017 - Present

·    Created social media content for publication

·    performed relevant researches and interviews for each article

·    Wrote features, Op-Eds and reviews

Social Media and Communications Specialist, IMAS, TX                                                  Jan 2018 – Jan 2019

·    Created and published of relevant, original, high-quality content.

·    Identified and improve organizational development aspects that would improve content.

·    Created a regular publishing schedule through social media such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Dean’s Internship, Voice of America, Washington, DC                                                      Jan 2017 – Apr 2017

·       Involved with pre-production of Boko Haram documentary project.

·       Identified and contacted sources for interviews.

·       Edited raw footage of VOA’s Boko Haram video inventory.

Correspondent/ Contributor, Reorient Magazine, Toronto, Canada                                 Mar 2014 – Mar 2017

·       Interviewed and photograph Middle Eastern/North African artists, actresses and musicians; inquire about their career history and future aspirations.

·       Authored monthly articles for several publications; increase readership by promoting articles through Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

·       Recognized by magazine as top writer during 2015 publications for ensuring accuracy for both research and fact checking.

Reporter/ Contributor, Al Mahha Art Magazine, Kuwait                                                   Mar 2014 – Mar 2015

·     Reported art exhibitions and galleries.

·     Interviewed curators, artists and performers.

·     Published reviews, feature and commentary articles. 

Intern/Art Advisor, Miami Dade County, Miami, FL                                                           Apr 2013 – Aug 2014

·       Filmed, edited and produced two-minute videos to summarize community advocacy events; showcased videos through organization’s website and several social media sites.

·       Designed brochures and pamphlets, highlighting events with the Asian American Advisory Board designer.

·       Published booklet on South Florida’s Asian pioneers and served as secretary of Asian American Advisory Board.

Journalist/ Reporter, The Beacon, Florida International University, Miami, FL               Feb 2013 – Apr 2015

·       Incorporated research and interviews.

·       Published features, commentaries and Op-Ed articles.

Skills:

·       Language: advanced fluency in English and Farsi; intermediate fluency in French and Spanish; basic fluency in Arabic

·       Social Media: ability to promote through Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter

·       Writing: AP Style, IAPWE-certified writer & editor

·       Computer: Microsoft Office, Celtx, Wordpress, Drupal, ENPS, HTML, CSS, Java Script, Hootsuite, Trello

·       Video/Audio Editing: Adobe Creative Suite (Premiere Pro CS6, After Effects, Photoshop), Final Cut Pro, Newsflex, MTE

·       Other: InDesign, Dreamweaver

Additional Experience:

·       Master of Ceremony, Asian Culture Festival, Miami, FL                                                              Mar 2016

·       Master of Ceremony, Armenian Night, ICS, Miami, FL                                                                   Jan 2016

·       Artist Coordinator/IP Host, SCOPE Art Fair, Art Basal, Miami Beach, FL                                       Dec 2014

·       Curator Assistant, Edge Zones International Performance Art Festival, Miami, FL                     June 2013

·       Performance Artist/Host, SCOPE/TRIAD Art Basal, Miami Beach, FL                                          Dec 2013

·       Intern/Artist Coord/Cultural Services Assist, Cultural Services of Embassy of France, Miami Aug 2011-12